Carol HendricksonThe label I most readily use to identify myself is cultural anthropologist, though I came to the study of anthropology after considering a career in visual art (and mathematics). My interests in the visual and material—and the larger world that creates, organizes and values particular visual, material things—turned to the study of Maya women’s weaving, clothing, and the issues and identities that are reflected through women’s work, the textiles they produce, and the people who wear traje (Maya dress). Fieldwork in Guatemala as well as study-trips abroad with students have been an important part of my life. Some years ago, my visual arts background reemerged in the practice of keeping visual fieldnotes and the creation of anthro-artist’s books. At this point I’m enticed by the potential of combining anthropology and various forms of making and representation: drawing(s), comics, book structures, and more.

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